Happy New Year! This year is unlike any in the history of our country. We’re seeing this crazy whirlwind of issues coming together. The economy is entering a slight lull and the average American is losing width in the real estate pocketbook. The next presidential election is on the cusp and we’re seeing indicators of a brewing culture war. And to add to that, the topic of climate change is everywhere. The sister topic of pollution pops up fairly frequently also. So with this backdrop, I’ve been thinking about the green movement and what’s in store for next year. Here’s what I think:
It’s been an incredible year in green news, and coverage on the environment seems to increase every week. Below, you will find links from the last year that I think are important. Unfortunately, tons of good stories didn’t make the cut because the links were broken and I couldn’t find an adequate replacement. Regardless, 2007 has been a great year, don’t you think? Collectively, we’re taking big steps to respect the environment. Republicans, Democrats, businesses, individuals, etc. Everyone wants to do their part. And even if you don’t click all, er, 151 links below, scan the titles as a reminder of what has been accomplished. Let’s keep the momentum in 2008.
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I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building. The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand […]
Tom Konrad is an Analyst at Alternative Energy Stocks, where he writes about investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency companies. This article is a guest post for Jetson Green.
The December 6 Technology Quarterly from The Economist profiles a Dutch office building that is both heated and cooled using heat (or cold) from the asphalt of the road outside the building, as opposed to the more conventional use of solar thermal panels on the building’s roof. The article optimistically ends:
The result is cheap heating in winter and cheap cooling in summer. And there is a bonus. Summer heating softens asphalt, making it easier for heavy traffic to damage the road surface. Dr de Bondt’s system not only saves electricity, but also saves the road. Expect to see more examples of it, in other countries, soon.